Zayda Ortiz is a child of Mexican immigrants born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her parents taught her the importance of community service and civic engagement at an early age. Interning summers at the YWCA Intercultural Service Center, she helped newly arrived immigrants become integrated members of American society. Zayda also taught English and literacy skills in the Oklahoma migrant farming community. Throughout her life, she has canvassed for several campaigns, voter registration, and health care reform. Professionally, she has spent years working in the health care field, advocating to get treatment and coverage for patients in need. In her time working with IS, Zayda has energetically promoted the Safe Communities Act. She has been persistent in getting city and state leaders to commit to protecting Massachusetts’ immigrant population.